One of the joys of classic tunes is that they lend themselves to interpretation, and of course that interpretation can change with your mood, experience, the hour of the day, what somebody said to you yesterday, or didn't say. And, as a jazz player, I'm free to record and perform, any tune that moves me without being limited to a particular style, or time period. I have very eclectic musical tastes; I love blues, gospel, big band swing, Annie Lennox, Al Green, Link Wray. And, I'm always discovering new singers, new styles of music, new composers and falling in love all over again. Luckily, I live in the bay area where there is also a bumper crop of wonderful musicians to play with and learn from. On any night of every week there is wonderful live jazz happening.
I'm not one of those people who always knew I would be a singer. In fact, although I always sang in choirs and talent shows and dreamed of my life upon the stage, I started my professional life as a high school English teacher. Of course, when teaching adolescents a good deal of dramatic flair is helpful, in fact downright necessary. But, I never thought of making singing a career until a friend invited me to sing in a restaurant with him for, (what a cliché), dinner. Since my delicatessen debut, I never looked back. I quit my day job, launched a rock band and began playing local clubs. The first set was always blues and standards and I'm still singing some of those tunes. A few years later I turned my teaching experience toward teaching other singers and I have continued to enjoy teaching for the last 15 years.
In 1994 with my then pianist, Abe Battat, I started my own label, Redhead Records, to allow me to produce and market recordings. This year I produced and released my second recording on this label, Never Let Me Go, featuring some the the bay area's finest musicians.
Also last year, working on my Macintosh computer, I taught myself HTML programming language and put up my own web site to connect with the world wide web (www.mayecavallaro.com). This has been great fun and a very effective way to connect with new fans and other musicians.
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